The W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C. is a big facility, and given the amount of work and type of resources they provide for veterans across a 24-county area of the Central Piedmont Region of North Carolina, including the greater Charlotte and Winston-Salem communities.
Today, Food Lion Feeds had an opportunity to join forces with the VA and help feed 300 veterans attending the 2017 Salisbury VA Homeless Veteran Resource Expo. The event provides resources and services for homeless veterans, including benefits assistance, health and wellness checks, clothing donations, and this year, bags of healthy and nutritious food.
The effort was led by Food Lion's Veterans and Military Business Resource Group (BRG), a group of Food Lion associates, many of whom are veterans or have veterans or active duty servicemembers in their family, who are committed to caring for veterans and military in the towns and cities across Food Lion's 10-state operating area.
Thomas Palmer, a senior analyst with the organization's Information Security Department who helped facilitate today's event, said that, "As the father of a marine, I first became involved with the Veterans and Military BRG as a way to support my son and his fellow servicemembers while they are supporting us."
Reginald Bryant, a veteran of the Army National Guard, chair of the Veterans and Military BRG chair and a member of the Transportation team at DC10 in Salisbury said, "Being a veteran myself, and being able to give back to others who served is very rewarding. Seeing this event from the beginning stages, to the packing yesterday to the event today has been very special."
Throughout the year, the BRG participates in many other events throughout the year to honor current and past members of the military and their families, including participating in the Wreaths Across America program to honor fallen servicemembers, participating in birthday celebrations at the NC State Veteran's Home in Salisbury, N.C., organizing holiday card signing events from Food Lion associates to send to troops serving oversea, to name a few.
Caring for the towns and cities we serve is part of who Food Lion is, and today was a special day to give back to our neighbors who have sacrificed so much for our country.